August 25, 2019

Musicians perform “An Invalid’s Sonnet” at FMU (Patriot News Online.com)

For UMW Music Professor Mark Snyder, Teaching is a Chance to Honor Mentors and Give Back (The Free Lance-Star)

Snyder Guest Artist at Chatham, Penn State and Susquehanna Universities

Mark Snyder, Assistant Professor of Music, performed his multimedia show at Susquehanna University on Sept. 6, at Penn State University on Sept. 7 and at  Chatham University on Sept. 8. Accompanying him were UMW alums harpist Becky Brown ’15 and soprano Paige Naylor ’14.

Dr. Snyder performed Calena, Qwee, Malmö, Harvey and Facets of Lovewhich is embedded below. Becky Brown  performed her multimedia self-portrait composed during her spring 2015 independent study, Hold Still for pencil, copper, and Arduino on paper, poetry and video in Max/MSP/Jitter.

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Snyder Nominated for Grammy Educator Award

statue3Assistant Professor of Music Mark Snyder has been named a quarterfinalist for the 2017 Grammy Educator Award, which is presented by the Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation. Dr. Snyder is one of 290 quarterfinalists from more than 3,300 nominations.

The Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators (kindergarten through college, public and private schools) who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools. Finalists for the award will be announced in September and the full list of quarterfinalists can be found here.

At the University of Mary Washington, Dr. Snyder teaches Technology for Musicians, the Freshman Seminar Ballades, Beats & Bandcamp, Electronic Music, Audio Recording, Audio Production, Music of Non-Western Cultures, Theory & Skills (1, 2 & 3), MIDI Composition, Great Masterworks, Composition lessons and Orchestration. Since arriving in 2011, he designed the new music curriculum, built the recording studio, the ten seat music production lab and is the creator and director of the Electroacoustic Barn Dance, a three day festival of electronic music and art that brings as many as ninety composers and performers from around the world to campus each year.

Out of the courses Mark has taught at UMW, 47 students have had 85 adjudicated/peer reviewed performances of their works at national conferences in the last four years,119 compositions by 58 UMW composers have been performed 347 times at 124 concerts and 29 UMW student musicians have performed those compositions 194 times at 121 concerts. Highlights have included Austin O’Rourke winning the 2015 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, Stephen Hennessey being named a finalist for the 2016 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award and Becky Brown’s Hold Still being selected by adjudication to be on the Society of Electroacoustic Composers in the United States CD that will be released by Naxos, the largest major label for classical music, in 2016.

Below is one of the videos submitted for the Grammy Quarterfinalist application and a list of Dr. Snyder’s students’ composition accomplishments for the 2015/2016 academic year.

2015-2016 Student Composition Performances for 2015-2016 FAAR

Total Performances: 95 in 12 states, Germany and China

Adjudicated National: 22

Adjudicated Regional: 8

International: 6

Key:

△Adjudicated ✢Invited ✮International ✻National ❖Regional ❏Local

Becky Brown

Hold Still (Independent Study: Spring 2015) Voted to be included on SEAMUS CD 26 to be released on major label, Naxos.

  • Root Signals Electronic Music Festival, Jacksonville University – FL: Sep 11, 2015 △ ✻
  • West Fork New Music Festival, Fairmont State University – WV: Sep 25, 2015 △ ❖
  • Electroacoustic Barn Dance, University of Mary Washington – VA: Oct 2, 2015 △ ✻
  • Marshall University – WV: Oct 9, 2015 ✢
  • Marietta College – OH: Oct 10,2015 ✢
  • Capital University – OH: Oct 11, 2015 ✢
  • Ohio University – OH: Oct 12, 2015 ✢
  • Electronic Music Midwest, Kansas City Community College – KS: Nov 20, 2015 △ ✻
  • Society of Electroacoustic Composers in the U.S. National Conference, GSU – GA: Feb 12, 2016 △ ✻
  • University of Virginia Composer Exchange – VA: Feb 20, 2016 ✢
  • Society of Composers Inc. Region III Conference, Marshall University – WV: Feb 26, 2016 △ ❖
  • Zeitgeist Gallery Nashville, TN: Feb 28,2016 ✢
  • Eyedrum Gallery Atlanta, GA: Feb 29, 2016 ✢
  • Georgia Southern University – GA: Mar 1, 2016 ✢
  • Women Composers Festival of Hartford – CT: Mar 11, 2016 △ ✻
  • Ball State University New Music Festival – IN: Mar 18, 2016 △ ✻
  • Le Lab Cambridge Gallery Boston, MA: Mar 26, 2016 ✢
  • Rutgers University – NJ: Mar 28, 2016 ✢
  • Brooklyn College International Electroacoustic Music Festival – NY: Mar 31, 2016 ✢
  • Classical Revolution, Richmond, VA: May 15, 2016 ✢
  • Virginia to Beijing, University of International Business and Economics – China Jul 13, 2016 ✮ ✢

Formaldehyde (MIDI Composition: Spring 2012) Released Jan 21, 2014 Internationally on Nature Boy Explorer, One of These Days

  • Colonial Tavern, Fredericksburg, VA: Dec 4, 2016 ❏
  • Spargelfest, Schwetzingen Germany: Jun 11, 2016 ✮
  • Musikschule Bezirk Schwetzingen Germany: Jun 12, 2016 ✮

Underwater (Audio Recording: Spring 2015)

  • Colonial Tavern, Fredericksburg, VA: Dec 4, 2016 ❏
  • Spargelfest, Schwetzingen Germany: Jun 11, 2016 ✮
  • Musikschule Bezirk Schwetzingen Germany: Jun 12, 2016 ✮

Austin O’Rourke

Hazel Colored Nebula (Electronic Music: Fall 2014) 2015 ASCAP Morton Gould Award Winner

  • Root Signals Electronic Music Festival, Jacksonville University – FL: Sep 11, 2015 △ ✻
  • West Fork New Music Festival, Fairmont State University – WV: Sep 25, 2015 △ ❖
  • Electroacoustic Barn Dance, University of Mary Washington – VA: Oct 2, 2015 △ ✻
  • UMW Composers Concert, Hurley Convergence Center – VA: Feb 19, 2016 ❏
  • University of Virginia Composer Exchange – VA: Feb 20, 2016 ✢
  • UMW Philharmonic South of the Border – VA: Apr 22, 2016 ❏

Gridlife (Electronic Music: Fall 2014)

  • UMW Composers Concert, Hurley Convergence Center – VA: Feb 19, 2016 ❏
  • University of Virginia Composer Exchange – VA: Feb 20, 2016 ✢

Cloud (Composition: Fall 2015)

  • UMW Composers Concert, Hurley Convergence Center – VA: Feb 19, 2016 ❏
  • University of Virginia Composer Exchange – VA: Feb 20, 2016 ✢

Memory Aberation (Senior Seminar: Spring 2016)

  • UMW Goolrick Pool for Thesis Presentation: Apr 8, 2016 ❏
  • UMW Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium: Apr 22, 2016 ❏

Mitsubishi ad (Technology for Musicians: Spring 2016)

  • UMW Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium: Apr 22, 2016 ❏

Almost but Not (Technology for Musicians: Spring 2016)

  • Spargelfest, Schwetzingen Germany: Jun 11, 2016 ✮
  • Musikschule Bezirk Schwetzingen Germany: Jun 12, 2016 ✮

Stephen Hennessey

Ausgang (Independent Study: Spring 2014)

  • Root Signals Electronic Music Festival, Jacksonville University – FL: Sep 11, 2015 △ ✻
  • University of Virginia Composer Exchange – VA: Feb 20, 2016 ✢
  • Society of Composers Inc. Region III Conference, Marshall University – WV: Feb 26, 2016 △ ❖

Sorrows Weep Not (Independent Study: Spring 2014) 2016 ASCAP Morton Gould Award Finalist

  • West Fork New Music Festival, Fairmont State University – WV: Sep 25, 2015 △ ❖
  • Electroacoustic Barn Dance, University of Mary Washington – VA: Oct 2, 2015 △ ✻
  • Society of Electroacoustic Composers in the U.S. National Conference, GSU – GA: Feb 12, 2016 △ ✻
  • UMW Composers Concert, Hurley Convergence Center – VA: Feb 19, 2016 ❏
  • University of Virginia Composer Exchange – VA: Feb 20, 2016 ✢
  • Ball State University New Music Festival – IN: Mar 18, 2016 △ ✻

Mary Paige Rogers

Powers Music (Composition: Spring 2015)

  • West Fork New Music Festival, Fairmont State University – WV: Sep 25, 2015 △ ❖

Psychotropic (Electronic Music Fall 2014)

  • Electroacoustic Barn Dance, University of Mary Washington – VA: Oct 2, 2015 △ ✻
  • UMW Composers Concert, Hurley Convergence Center – VA: Feb 19, 2016 ❏
  • University of Virginia Composer Exchange – VA: Feb 20, 2016 ✢

Con todo mi corazón (Composition Fall 2015)

  • UMW Composers Concert, Hurley Convergence Center – VA: Feb 19, 2016 ❏
  • University of Virginia Composer Exchange – VA: Feb 20, 2016 ✢

Justin Carrico

Fortune Music (Composition Spring 2015)

  • West Fork New Music Festival, Fairmont State University – WV: Sep 25, 2015 △ ❖
  • UMW Composers Concert, Hurley Convergence Center – VA: Feb 19, 2016 ❏
  • University of Virginia Composer Exchange – VA: Feb 20, 2016 ✢

Domesticity (Electronic Music Fall 2015)

  • Electroacoustic Barn Dance, University of Mary Washington – VA: Oct 2, 2015 △ ✻

Michael Prime

Invocation Music (Composition Spring 2015)

  • West Fork New Music Festival, Fairmont State University – WV: Sep 25, 2015 △ ❖
  • UMW Composers Concert, Hurley Convergence Center – VA: Feb 19, 2016 ❏
  • University of Virginia Composer Exchange – VA: Feb 20, 2016 ✢
  • UMW Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium: Apr 22, 2016 ❏

John White

Blink (Private Composition Lessons 2015)

  • Electroacoustic Barn Dance, University of Mary Washington – VA: Oct 2, 2015 △ ✻

Fall 2015 Electronic Music Class Concerts

Electroacoustic Barn Dance: Oct 2, 2015

  • Brie Payne-Werlitz ,Rachel Lee, Flannery Collins, Mya Payne, Joe Cheeks, Everett Rankin, Mona Osmer

Soul Searching Synths UMW Electronic Music Class Concert: Nov 3, 2015

  • Justin Carrico, Brie Payne-Werlitz ,Rachel Lee, Flannery Collins, Mya Payne, Joe Cheeks, Everett Rankin, Mona Osmer

Things You Will Never Understand UMW Electronic Music Class Concert: December 5, 2015

  • Justin Carrico, Brie Payne-Werlitz ,Rachel Lee, Flannery Collins, Mya Payne, Joe Cheeks, Everett Rankin, Mona Osmer

Spring 2016 Undergraduate Research and Creativity Day  Apr 22, 2016

  • Ben Jones: The Right Words to Say (Technology for Musicians Spring 2016)
  • Drake Dragone: Vox Lily (Composition Spring 2016)
  • Cole Mastitis : A Moment’s Hesitation (Composition Spring 2016)
  • Joe Cheeks: Mitsubishi ad (Technology for Musicians Spring 2016)
  • Mya Payne: House (Electronic Music Fall 2015)
  • Daniel Shea: Save Me (Technology for Musicians Spring 2015)
  • Gwen Levey: Caving (Composition: Spring 2016)

Snyder’s and Students’ Works Performed in China

Screen Shot 2016-08-04 at 1.50.50 PMAssistant Professor of Music Mark Snyder‘s original multimedia composition, Calena, was presented at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China, as part of a program featuring the works of composers from the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, William & Mary and the University of Mary Washington.

Calena was written for Dr. Snyder’s friend from North Stafford High School, Calena Dyer. According to the program notes:

Calena was my first prom date and summer school math partner. She was such a beautiful and kind person that I always felt so relaxed around. I created this piece for her. It made me happy to think of the times we shared growing up and of driving Holmes by her house a thousand times a day so he could “accidentally” meet her and ask her out. When she passed away in November of 2011, I posted our prom picture on FB and her Dad commented on it: “Calena’s cancer was rare and aggressive. She went to the hospital the day of the Mineral Earthquake (Aug 23) here in VA. There is no known therapy (chemo or radiation) proven for NUT Midline Carcinoma and only about 50 cases have been documented. She was so brave to the end and passed without pain; just like she was running a marathon or playing soccer. I love her so much and will miss her always.” – Calena’s Dad, Larry Dyer

In addition to Snyder’s work, Senior music major Austin O’Rourke‘s award winning composition Hazel Colored Nebula that was written in Electronic Music and 2015 UMW graduate Becky Brown‘s multimedia self-portrait for pencil, copper, and Arduino on paper, poetry and video in Max/MSP/Jitter Hold Still that was written in her Independent Study were also presented.

 

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Snyder Performs with Students in Germany

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Becky Brown, harp; Austin O’Rourke, drums; Mark Snyder, guitar & vocals; John White, bass

Assistant Professor of Music Mark Snyder performed 15 of his original songs with his band Nature Boy Explorer in Schwetzingen Germany, on June 11 and 12 as part of the delegation representing Fredericksburg and UMW in Fredericksburg’s German Sister City.

Senior music major Austin O’Rourke played drums and also sang and played guitar on his own song Almost but Not, which he wrote in his Technology for Musicians course in Spring 2016.

 

2015 music and computer science graduate Becky Brown played harp and performed two of her original songs — Formaldehyde, which was written in her MIDI Composition course, and Underwater, which was written in her Audio Recording course. John White ’13, UMW music major and German minor, played bass.

The performance on June 11 was on the main stage for the annual Spargelfest, which this year was combined with celebrating Schwetzingen’s 1250th year. The performance on June 12 was at Musikschule Bezirk Schwetzingen, which is the local music school.

Dr. Snyder and the students also participated in many of the activities that were planned for the delegation such as lunch and dinners, lectures by Schwetzingen’s archivist, city planner and mayor. The group visited the fire station and participated in the inauguration of the Square of Friendship. The delegation from Fredericksburg consisted of  Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw, Cathy Herndon, Jurgen Brat, UMW professor emeritus of German Sammy Merrill, Betty Merrill, UMW Women’s Rugby coach Bill Lucas and UMW Associate Professor of German Marcel Rotter.

In addition to performing in Schwetzingen, the group spent time in Cologne, Hamburg, Heidelberg, Mannheim and Hanover, Germany; Copenhagen, Denmark; and Malmö and Scania, Sweden.

Hamburg

Hamburg

Fire truck ride with Professor Rotter

Fire truck ride with Professor Rotter

With all of the sister city mayors! mayors

With all of the sister city mayors! mayors

Heidelberg

Heidelberg

Mannheim

Mannheim

Cologne

Cologne

Hannover

Hannover

Copenhagen

Copenhagen

 Ales Stenar (Swedish stone henge)

Ales Stenar (Swedish stone henge)

Overlooking the East Sea in Scania

Overlooking the East Sea in Scania

Malmö Castle

Malmö Castle

Fredericksburg Delegation at the dedication of Platz der Freundschaft

Fredericksburg Delegation at the dedication of Platz der Freundschaft

Austin Performing his song at Musikschule Bezirk Schwetzingen e.V.

Austin Performing his song at Musikschule Bezirk Schwetzingen e.V.

Performing at Musikschule Bezirk Schwetzingen e.V.

Performing at Musikschule Bezirk Schwetzingen e.V.

Fredericksburg delegation at the fire station.

Fredericksburg delegation at the fire station.

 

Snyder Performs at Classical Revolution

Ellen_Cockerham_MG_0816_6_300dpi2Assistant Professor of Music Mark Snyder performed his original composition Qwee for processed harp, accordion and video at the Classical Revolution’s Night of the Living Composer at Balliceaux in Richmond, Va., on May 15. Accompanying him was UMW alum harpist Becky Brown ’15, who performed her original composition, Hold Still, a multimedia self-portrait for pencil, copper, Arduino on paper, poetry and video in Max.

Classical Revolution is a Richmond-based collective of passionate musicians whose goal is to integrate classical music with Richmond’s vibrant music scene by taking this universal art form out of its glass case and into local bars, restaurants, cafes, and galleries. Classical Revolution was founded in 2006 at Revolution Cafe in the Mission District of San Francisco. In October of 2012, Classical Revolution RVA became one of more than 30 chapters worldwide.

The program:

Night of the Living Composer- May 15

Scott Frankel – Around the World;  Will You, Gabrielle Maes, soprano; Daniel Stipe, piano

Walter Augustus Braxton – Soliloquy from the Dance Suite Opus 4, No.7 for Flute and Piano, Walter Braxton, piano; Jeremy McEntire, flute

Jake Heggie – I Never Saw a Moor, Nichole Savage, soprano

Improvisation by Niccolo Seligmann, viola da gamba/medieval fiddle

Tonia Ko – Glass Echoes, Kristen Fowler, horn

Joseph Taylor – Harp Etude No. 1  & No. 2, Laura Seabourne, harp

Robert Andrew Scott – Meditations, Brandon Simmons, alto flute; Stephanie Barrett, cello; Laura Seabourne, harp; Caleb Paxton, viola

–Intermission–

Mark Snyder – Qwee, Becky Brown, harp;  Mark Snyder, harp, accordion, electronics

Becky Brown – Hold Still, Becky Brown, live art & electronics

Steve Van Dam – Oro Aleatorio, 3-8 musicians

Snyder’s “Our House on the Hill” Released on Fuzzy Panda Records

a1566022456_10Assistant Professor of Music Mark Snyder’s original composition, Our House on the Hill, was released by Fuzzy Panda Records on the compilation Thirsty and Miserable in memory of Jeff Prosser on April 3, 2016. The recording was done at the University of Mary Washington Department of Music’s recording studio featuring Becky Brown ’15 on harp and assistant engineer Paige Naylor ’14 soprano and assistant engineer and Mark Snyder on bass, guitar, piano, synth, organ, producer, composer and engineer.

Jeffrey Prosser, a D.C. graphic designer and integral part of the Washington, D.C., experimental music scene as both musician and promoter, passed away on April 3, 2015. He was an exceedingly sweet and generous man with many friends across D.C.’s various music and arts scenes and beyond. Shortly after his death, two memorial concerts were organized in Adams Morgan and Fredericksburg, Va. Now, some of his musician friends have put together a compilation in his honor, titled Thirsty and Miserable, a phrase Jeffrey was particularly fond of.

The compilation features 21 artists who knew and loved Jeffrey, featuring both locals and musicians from farther afield. The artwork includes designs by Jeffrey, including art for fliers he designed to promote shows around the D.C. area. Proceeds from sales of the compilation go to Bread for the City, a charity selected by the Prosser family.

Mark and Jeff were friends in high school and played music together in the basement of their mutual friend, Holmes Ives, and later in Richmond where Jeff worked at Peaches Record and Tapes and would make sure Mark always got the music he needed and at a discount. “I am so honored to be a part of this compilation,” said Snyder. “Jeff was always so generous and kind and a lot of fun to make art with. He will be missed greatly.”

 

Snyder Featured Composer at 30th Annual BIEAMF on Northeast Tour

Mark Snyder, assistant professor of music, performed his multimedia show Thursday, March 24 at the University of Delaware in Newark, DE, Friday, March 25 at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, Saturday, March 26 at Le Laboratories Cambridge in Cambridge, MA, Monday, March 28 at Rutgers University in Camden, NJ, Wednesday, March 30 at Barbés Brooklyn & Thursday, March 31 at Brooklyn College’s  30th Annual International Electroacoustic Music Festival in Brooklyn, NY.

Accompanying him were UMW alums harpist Becky Brown ’15 and soprano Paige Naylor ’14. The program at each venue consisted of Snyder’s original multimedia composition and his student Becky Brown’s Hold Still. This tour was in support of Snyder’s new record, The Invalid’s Sonnet.

Qwee

Calena

Mälmo

Harvey

Facets of Love

Hold Still by Becky Brown

Snyder Performs at SCI Regional Conference

SCI2016Assistant Professor of Music Mark Snyder, performed his piece Qwee for processed soprano, harp, accordion and video at the 2016 Society of Composer Incorporated Region III Conference at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, on Feb. 26. Accompanying him were UMW alums harpist Becky Brown ’15 and soprano Paige Naylor ’14.

Dr. Snyder’s former students also presented their works at the same conference. Becky Brown’s Hold Still, a multimedia self-portrait for pencil, copper and Arduino on paper and video in Max/MSP/Jitter and original poetry from the composer was featured on concert 4:

along with Stephen Hennessey’s Ausgang, a sentimental work structured around the development of a simple melody through episodic processing featuring the composer on guitar.

In addition to performing at SCI, Mark gave a master class on his music at the University of Louisville and performed his solo show at Dreamland on Feb. 24.

Performances of his solo show were also held at Eyedrum in Atlanta Feb. 29, at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA March 1, and the show at Zeitgeist Gallery  was the Nashville Scene’s Critics pick for Feb. 28.